A Reminder of What it is to be an American

If you have a child living at home with you, take some time today to look at your son or daughter and imagine them living in a hellish state where military force rules, a state where true democracy is a joke. Then take a moment to appreciate the good fortune of your child being born in this country.

This is not mere nationalism on my part. Some things are objectively right and some objectively wrong. A state that kills its own people to maintain its power is wrong. Case closed. Period. End of sentence.

If you need a graphic reminder of how fortunate you are to live in this country, then watch the video below. It is not for the squeamish. It depicts, as best as can be verified, a young woman dying in the streets of Iran after being shot by parties acting on behalf of the government.

There is heated debate in this country about what our government should do and say regarding the Iran uprising. Most reasonable people look at our history with Iran and concede that the less said by us right now, the better. Iran’s knee-jerk reaction to internal strife is to blame it on external “interference”. If we allow our country to become part of the argument in Iran, we take away the legitimacy of the protesters. They become the “tools” of imperial America. That is not what they need and that is not what we need.

Still the President issued a statement over the weekend that should unambiguously clarify our country’s position on this conflict:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.  — Market Watch

What more needs to be said? What stronger message are Senator Lindsay Graham and other Republicans looking for? The fact is that President Obama has stated the view of our country clearly and concisely without swagger.

The sad truth is that since this turmoil is not happening in our country, all we can really do is appeal to what little decency may exist within the Iranian government and hope that cooler heads prevail. We can also tuck our children in at night with gratitude toward our dumb luck that we (or at least they) were born in the United States of America where the imperfect experiment of democracy is exercised better than in any other country in the world.

Respectfully,
Rutherford

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100 thoughts on “A Reminder of What it is to be an American

  1. Thank God the thug in chief still extended his invite to the thuggish regime in Iran to a 4th of July cook out.

    Mohammad: Americans, European Union, international community, this government is not definitely — is definitely not elected by the majority of Iranians. So it’s illegal. Do not recognize it. Stop trading with them. Impose much more sanctions against them. My message…to the international community, especially I’m addressing President Obama directly – how can a government that doesn’t recognize its people’s rights and represses them brutally and mercilessly have nuclear activities? This government is a huge threat to global peace. Will a wise man give a sharp dagger to an insane person? We need your help international community. Don’t leave us alone.

    Good luck with that Mohammed. The thug in chief has already taken side. Obama thinks he can deal with a regime that shoots unarmed female protesters. Sad to say but you are alone.

  2. “If you have a child living at home with you, take some time today to look at your son or daughter and imagine them living in a hellish state where military force rules, a state where true democracy is a joke. Then take a moment to appreciate the good fortune of your child being born in this country.”

    While you are at it, apologize to your children for electing the thug in chief and his comrades because they will being slaves to the state working off the debt that was forced upon them.

  3. Thank God the thug in chief still extended his invite to the thuggish regime in Iran to a 4th of July cook out.

    You lost me on this one. Are you referring to an actual news item?

    Also, which Mohammed are you quoting here?

  4. Elric, you fail to see how delicate dealing with Iran is right now, especially right now. You also fail to learn from history.

    We screwed over Iran and installed the Shah, who in turn screwed over Iran.

    We gave arms to Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran, then Saddam became our worst enemy.

    We helped insurgents fight communists in Afghanistan … one of them Osama Bin Laden, who later became our worst enemy.

    How bout we exercise a little caution this time around?

  5. Elric, are you aware that you comment so often here that you almost qualify as co-host of the blog?

    At this rate, I may have to put a disclaimer on every post that reads:

    The views expressed by Elric66 are not those of The Rutherford Lawson Blog (just in case you haven’t noticed)
    👿

  6. Elric, are you aware that you comment so often here that you almost qualify as co-host of the blog?

    It is lonely in his Mom’s basement.

  7. “How bout we exercise a little caution this time around?”

    You mean timidness. Funny how you failed to mention Carter allowing the Shah to fall and allowing the Islamic regime to take hold

  8. I’m not sure what more Obama can say at this point. The neo-cons (yes, there is such a political outlook) put way too many of their chips in ideas and rhetoric. To hell with speeches! What I fear the most is not some speech that makes McCain happy. It’s the fact that Obama might try to make nice with the Iranian criminals. They are so, so weak right now. Cripple them! I emailed a professor I had (an Iranian American who specializes in Iran). He said your seeing the direct result of tough sanctions. The middle class wants to see Iran go the way of India. Yet they can’t because of the penalty box we’ve put them in. Bush had it right! No talking. Strangle them!!!!!

  9. Now “R”,

    It wasn’t but about two weeks ago, you were accusing me of excessive and rampant American celebration, and my crazed jingoism about being born and living in America. I’d give you a wedgie if I were there. 😆

    Did you have a change of heart, is Tex’s goodness rubbing off on you, did the light bulb come on and you got an epiphany, or are you going for once admit we are damn lucky like I said to be American – conservative and lib alike? Luckier than anybody else on this entire planet. And yeah, for all our shortcomings, we do it better than anyone else. And I’m not apologizing for that simple fact.

    ————————————-

    Here’s my take on THE BOMBA’s position and my inspirational message to him: I think you’re handling it about right. Yes, I know that Rutherford and the effervescent Curator about fell out of their chairs when they read that.

    I say that because THE BOMBA walks a fine line – we want to be supportive of the populace, but not caustic. When your enemy is destroying himself from within, it is best to let him continue without interruption. We should be vocal in our support, but not critical. People are going to get killed – that is a given. But provide the mad mullahs no room for pointing fingers which they’ve already tried. I actually give THE BOMBA kudos for playing this one right IMHO.

    But…

    Rutherford, do you know how naive THE BOMBA now appears in wishing to have “dialogue” with the Mahmoud and the Ayatollah lackeys? Do you know how many times your master has now basically justified the Cheney/Bush game plan the last five months?

    You’ll forgive me if I find that humorous.

  10. “Rutherford, do you know how naive THE BOMBA now appears in wishing to have “dialogue” with the Mahmoud and the Ayatollah lackeys? Do you know how many times your master has now basically justified the Cheney/Bush game plan the last five months?”-Tex

    Tex, we are in complete agreement with this. And it should be pointed out that “R” is uh…..dodging …this point as I’ve wrote about several times.

  11. Funny how you failed to mention Carter allowing the Shah to fall and allowing the Islamic regime to take hold

    Well, let’s see. If I’m not mistaken, the Shah was not exactly nice to his people. Secondly, what do you mean “allow” the Shah to fall. It ain’t our country dude. We have no business allowing anyone to come to power or fall from power in other countries. It is for their citizens to figure that out. Even if a coup occurs within a country against the will of the people, it isn’t our business.

    There is a difference between internal strife and external attacks. Saddam’s move into Kuwait justified intervention from us. We should defend nations (especially our allies) from hostile attack. That is not the case in Iran. They are boiling from within. It’s their business. Period.

  12. Now with all that said, I’ve finally caught up with this wiener roast story and I must say it’s a bit much. On the one hand, telling Iran “you’re mean to your people so you can’t eat hot dogs with us” falls in the category of silly diplomacy, by the same token, we do look odd wagging our finger at them for shooting innocent women in the street and then inviting them over for fireworks and hamburgers. LOL.

    This one falls in the surreal category guys. I’m not going to waste a lot of blog space discussing it. It’s just plain odd.

  13. Tex, this latest post is completely consistent with everything I’ve ever said on this blog. You see the problem is that conservatives see liberals engaged in self-examination and very often self-recrimination and they interpret that as lack of patriotism.

    While I hate to give him credit, Elric posted a link several weeks ago which was a very interesting view of liberals from the conservative perspective. I’m planning on blogging about it eventually so I won’t say much here, except to say the article made me laugh because I could see why liberals frustrate the crap out of conservatives sometimes.

    In any case, my desire for us to be beyond reproach morally in no way diminishes my gratitude for having been born here. It’s the best thing going, even with all its faults.

  14. Tex and Rabbit, I’ll tell you what. If Obama’s naive diplomacy ultimately fails, I will then have to give up my belief in the capacity for people (and countries) to change.

    But I ask you this? Can a Jew walk safely through the streets of Germany today? Yes. Are Egypt and Israel still bitter enemies? No. Despite some residue of discrimination, can a black man walk in Mississippi without fear of lynching? Yes.

    History tells us things can change. I’d like to hold onto that belief.

  15. Elric: “Funny how you failed to mention Carter allowing the Shah to fall and allowing the Islamic regime to take hold”

    We’ve covered this, Elric. The Shah left Iran in Jan. 1979. 18 months later he was dead from cancer.

  16. “We’ve covered this, Elric. The Shah left Iran in Jan. 1979. 18 months later he was dead from cancer.”

    So? He was a hell of a lot better than what replaced him.

    “They are boiling from within. It’s their business. Period.”

    Really? Does that include using proxies to kill our troops? Is that our business or not? Also since you feel that way, then dont get all teary eyed over that executed girl. Thats their business, right?

    “This one falls in the surreal category guys. I’m not going to waste a lot of blog space discussing it. It’s just plain odd.”

    Thats the thug in chief’s foreign policy for you.

  17. Elric, now and then, glance over at my sidebar where I have my Twitter updates and you may become enlightened. I call the following one to your attention:

    At Obama press conf Fox’s Major Garrett auditions for “Spaceballs” role of Major Asshole.

    ‘Nuff said. 😀

  18. Really? Does that include using proxies to kill our troops? Is that our business or not? Also since you feel that way, then dont get all teary eyed over that executed girl. Thats their business, right?

    You’re mixing apples and oranges here. This conversation is limited (I thought) to a discussion of how we should handle the internal strife going on in Iran. The proxy stuff has nothing to do with that.

    Second, it pains me to see a mother call her kid a dummy coming out of day care but it’s none of my damn business and I’m out of line if I call her on it. Same principle applies here. We can all acknowledge the horror of what is going on in Iran but we are in a peculiar position to do anything about it and in truth, it’s none of our damn business.

    (By the way, pundits have made a very interesting analogy. How would we have felt if the French or British started pontificating when the Supreme Court elected George W. Bush President in 2000?)

  19. 1. Obama is so thin skinned. On the rare occasion he gets asked a tough question he looks like he is going to absolutely snap. And then his sheep baaah online about what a jerk so and so was for making the him uncomfortable.

    2. How dare Rutherford yap about “change” in Germany, Mississippi and even Egypt and then tie it to appeasement. Talk about missing the point.

    Go ahead. Make nice with the lynchings. Bargain with the Klan. Treat the SS with more “respect”.

  20. Rutherford,

    You see the problem is that conservatives see liberals engaged in self-examination and very often self-recrimination and they interpret that as lack of patriotism.

    Who said anything about patriotism? Self-examination is worthy and fine. What we would like to see after your self-recrimination is an admission you and your crowd were wrong about Bush in many ways, and that THE BOMBA has done little but confirm Bush and Darth Cheney were right. Obama has in fact not only continued with those same policies, but many times escalated the speed and breadth of previous administration’s policies.

    because I could see why liberals frustrate the crap out of conservatives sometimes.

    True, they do frustrate Conservatives – mainly because it is more often than not, debating with liberals similar to ‘debating’ with insolent children with little capacity for logic, reason, truth, or beauty. In fact, I’m still waiting for someone to define for me the national successes of anything of liberalism in the last 75 years.

    Despite some residue of discrimination, can a black man walk in Mississippi without fear of lynching? Yes.

    Can a white man walk through the inner cities without the fear of lynching? No…so you can see Rutherford, things have been completely reversed in 40 years, again raising questions about your validity of white on black racism. The charges of systemic white on black racism are bogus – and the only reason I am happy Obama nominated to put that lie to rest. Perhaps it is time for more self-examination?

  21. Iran is a threat to our nation. Their behavior right now illustrates that threat very clearly.

    If that mother slits her kids throat outside the daycare, it’s my business.

    If the Germans gas 6 million Jews. It’s my business.

    Apartheidin South Africa was my business.

    Whats going on in Iran is certainly our business. As bloggers, dudes drinking a pint, old men having a doughnut and a coffee at the shop, it’s our duty to call this shit out.

    In Iran,we don’t want to weaken the resistance, which we might do if our president doesn’t choose his words carefully.

  22. Tex, sorry dude … user error … you accidentally put “/blockquote” at the beginning of your quote as well as at the end of it.

    You should’ve noticed that you did it right 1 out of 3 times.

    Anyway, no worries, I’ll go in and fix it.

    As for Rabbit, I can’t fix him. 😉

  23. Tex, damn, your fear of black people is palpable. You need to go to NYC and have lunch at Sylvia’s dude. I think you’d survive the experience. (OK, before you go there, I’ve never had lunch at Sylvia’s but it’s not out of fear … just a pain in the ass going into the city.)

  24. Rabbit, I don’t fault anyone for voicing their disdain for the crap going on in Iran right now. But Obama has voiced concerns from day 1 of this crisis. Elric seems to want more. What, I am not quite sure … maybe a good bombing?

    Also, Obama didn’t get asked a “tough question”. He got a rhetorical egg thrown at him by a Fox News asshole pretending to be a journalist. Obama hardly looked like he was going to “snap”. He politely said “you’re an asshole” in the best presidential way he could.

    You may not be old enough Rabbit (cos I think you’re a good 10 years younger than I) but how did you feel when Dan Rather was sparring with Richard Nixon back in the day? A good number of folks probably felt Dan was being an asshole.

    Oh I forget … did I mention that Major Garrett is an asshole? Ah, just in case I did …
    Major Garrett is an asshole.

    I feel better now. 🙂

  25. “R”,

    I guess I didn’t think I could screw up “twice” with the blockquotes. Mea culpa.

    Tex, damn, your fear of black people is palpable. You need to go to NYC and have lunch at Sylvia’s dude.

    😆

    My fear of ‘black people’? Do you know how many ‘black’ people I’m affiliated with my ‘black’ friend? Oh boy.

    Now, walking through South Chicago or East New York will increase my ‘white’ pulse, I’m sure. It would increase your ‘black’ pulse too if you were to admit the truth.

    ————————————–

    Here’s an interesting medical fact I learned the other day. Didn’t know this, as I had assumed the blacker you were, the more melanocytes you had (those cells which produce color pigment). Not true at all.

    The difference in skin color between fair skin and dark skin is due not to the number of melanocytes, but the melanocyte activity. Once again proving that I am going to make the claim I’m African-American and Rutherford’s brother in my next job interview, and in fact will claim a medical hardship that Rutherford’s melanocytes work better and are more active than mine. What do you think brother Rutherford? Think it would work?

    Though I’m not sure I’m not darker already – but mind is more of a reddish, brownish tint. The one thing we agree on – the argument of skin color has to be one of the most ignorant.

  26. Thats a drone for you. Ask the thug in chief a tough question and you are an “asshole”. Perhaps Garrett should have went on about thuggy killing a fly like the drone media did.

  27. “Dan Rather was sparring with Richard Nixon back in the day? A good number of folks probably felt Dan was being an asshole.”

    I can remember exactly what I was doing at that time. Ahhh…memories. Straining really hard as I filled my diapers while bitching for round two at the teet…..

  28. Notice Dodger ignored my questions

    20. Elric66 | June 24, 2009 at 3:55 am

    “We’ve covered this, Elric. The Shah left Iran in Jan. 1979. 18 months later he was dead from cancer.”

    So? He was a hell of a lot better than what replaced him.

    “They are boiling from within. It’s their business. Period.”

    Really? Does that include using proxies to kill our troops? Is that our business or not? Also since you feel that way, then dont get all teary eyed over that executed girl. Thats their business, right?

    “This one falls in the surreal category guys. I’m not going to waste a lot of blog space discussing it. It’s just plain odd.”

    Thats the thug in chief’s foreign policy for you.

  29. Elric: “So? He was a hell of a lot better than what replaced him.”

    Elric, the man was dead 18 months after he left. There is no “he was better than…” THE MAN WAS DEAD!

    His weakling son would have succeeded him, who I believe was still in his teen years at the time. And he would have been forced to try and deal with Khomeini attacking him politically, and Iraq attacking him militarily. He would have lost either fight, even with our help, because we would not have been able to help directly. And indirect help is only good for so much.

    So, we would have ended up with either what we have now, or with Saddam controlling Iraq and Iran, and still being a pain in the world’s ass, as well as controlling a good part of its oil.

  30. Tex and Rabbit, thanks for the much needed humor. I need a chuckle as I wade through Elric’s many links (I’m actually bothering to read them today).

    But Rabbit, did anyone tell you how good you are at painting pictures with words? So good that I may have to find something on the web to blast out the lingering image in my head of you pooping in your diaper. LOL

  31. Elric, RIF man RIF (reading is fundamental)

    Regarding comment #39, what the heck did I dodge? Read dude.Part of what you say I dodged was actually between you and Red Pill, who did not dodge anything as comment 43 demonstrates.

    Regarding the woman calling into CNN (only God knows how she did that considering most cell phone transmissions have been blocked) Elric … I ask you again … what do you want us to do? Invade them? Bomb them? Talk tough (big deal)? My bet is you’ve never been elected to anything in your life ‘cos you’re incapable of articulating a policy statement. Again I ask, what do you want America to do?

    Regarding Muslim prayer in prisons … why not protect it? Where is the security risk? You afraid if enough of them get together and pray in groups that Allah will send a thunderbolt down to the prison and wipe it off the map?

    Regarding North Korea wiping us off the map …. I’d like to see them try. The last folks to bomb Pearl Harbor got a nice dose of radiation for their trouble and a Democratic president did the deed. Kim is a butt-head lunatic blowhard. I say we should emigrate him here, give him a job at Fox News and let him accompany Major Garrett to the next Pres press conference. 😀

    Regarding the Ramirez cartoon … funny in a sick sort of way.

  32. Elric: “Why do liberal groups go to bat for muslims even when it poses a threat to safety?”

    It’s called the Constitution.

    You remember the Constitution, don’t you? It’s that thing our troops defend with their lives. It hold the freedoms we enjoy, and the freedoms our troops die to try and bring to others.

    How would you amend the Constitution to deal with this issue you see as a threat to safety?

    And don’t forget to answer Rutherford’s question as to what exactly that threat is.

  33. News flash: Regarding Mark Sanford, Appalachia was Argentina and the trail was actually some tail.

    Why don’t we just enact a national policy that says:

    Men cheat … get over it … what has he done in his job lately?

  34. “I say we should emigrate him here, give him a job at Fox News and let him accompany Major Garrett to the next Pres press conference. :-D”

    What is your obsession with Garrett and Fox. Not satisfied not everyone asked the thug in chief tough questions like “What has enchanted you the most?”

    “And don’t forget to answer Rutherford’s question as to what exactly that threat is.”

    Ohh I did, my name isnt Dodger

  35. “How would you amend the Constitution to deal with this issue you see as a threat to safety?”

    Easy. Not recognize islam as a religion because it its a political ideology disguised as a religion. Nevermind the fact its a threat to the Constitution. By your argument, we should recognize polygamy.

  36. Ohh I did, my name isnt Dodger

    Actually your article citation answered your own question. Let them pray all they want and guard the hell out of them to prevent any problems. Who said I didn’t want police dogs to attend the prayer service? 😉

    And by the way, you think Muslims are the only ones plotting to get out of jail? Get real.

  37. By the way, Chuck Todd asked a tough question and it was a real question, not a snarky “what took you so long?” In fact, Todd’s question proved to be the better one if measured by Obama’s clumsy dismissive answer. It’s an insult to Todd to have Garrett in the same room.

  38. “Actually your article citation answered your own question. Let them pray all they want and guard the hell out of them to prevent any problems. Who said I didn’t want police dogs to attend the prayer service? ;-)”

    They wouldnt allow dogs and would whine to the ACLU because it violates their “religion”.

    “And by the way, you think Muslims are the only ones plotting to get out of jail? Get real.”

    Did I say that? Im saying that they are using their cult as a guise so they can plan.

    Anything else Dodger?

  39. its a political ideology disguised as a religion

    Wow are you off the deep end. Elric, did the clerics kick you out of the mosque when you were a little boy? Whence comes all the hostility dude?

  40. “Wow are you off the deep end. Elric, did the clerics kick you out of the mosque when you were a little boy? Whence comes all the hostility dude?”

    Just stating the facts. If you read “hostility” into that, well thats your problem.

  41. If you read “hostility” into that, well thats your problem.

    Nice DODGE on your part. Let’s put hostility aside. Please share with us the origins of your discovery of the evils of Islam. You learn this stuff in college? (No … too many bleeding heart libs in college to teach you that.) C’mon, I’m really curious what turned you into a Robert Spencer groupie.

  42. “The POINT is that Muslims are not bogeymen. You control groups of them the same way you control groups of other prisoners.”

    Other groups arent using their “religion” to dictate how they are treated.

  43. “Nice DODGE on your part. Let’s put hostility aside. Please share with us the origins of your discovery of the evils of Islam. You learn this stuff in college? (No … too many bleeding heart libs in college to teach you that.) C’mon, I’m really curious what turned you into a Robert Spencer groupie.”

    Very simple. Reading whats written in the qur’an, ahadiths, understanding islamic history and of course the environment today.

    And what was the dodge? Was I suppose to address that I wasnt kicked out of a mosque as a kid? Please…

  44. Between Hotair and Jihadwatch and Weasle you keep yourself busy Elric. Dag, I need to find me some lunatic fringe sources so I can post endless links.

    Oh yeah, I forgot … before anyone (Tex, Rabbit, Red Pill, Alfie?) reminds me … I do read HuffPo now and then and watch MSNBC so I guess I’ve got my own lunatic fringe sources. LOL

  45. Interesting, the link uses a video of Obama from CBS’s Early Show but still not good enough for Dodger. When one cant argue the facts, attack the source, even if the source uses drone MSM media as its source.

  46. Elric: Concerning #21, to be honest, I didn’t see it.

    But I don’t care to click links that go to that site. You’ll have to post links to the original information if you want me to even think about reading and responding.

  47. Elric: “Easy. Not recognize islam as a religion because it its a political ideology disguised as a religion. Nevermind the fact its a threat to the Constitution. By your argument, we should recognize polygamy.”

    Any religious practices that don’t infringe on the law are protected under the Conmstitution.

    Polygamy is against the law. Therefore, it is not a protected practice.

    Prayer is not against the law. Therefore it is a protected practice.

    And even if Islam is purely a political ideology, that does not make its practices unconstitutional. That freedom is also protected. As long as its practices don’t break the law.

    You also have not told us how allowing prayer in prison poses a danger.

    “Very simple. Reading whats written in the qur’an, ahadiths, understanding islamic history and of course the environment today.”

    Rutherford, Elric is so intelligent that he doesn’t need formal education to help him interpret material that others spend years studying. He gets all the help he needs from Internet web sites, like the ones he constantly posts here.

    Scholarly books just clutter things up with opposing viewpoints, facts, and other things that try and make a man loose his hate-on.

  48. Elric, I picture you steaming at the other end of the computer every day. It aint healthy. I’ve done that before. You need to back off. Right a music review. Talk about hot chicks at work. Who’s going to win the AL Central Division. This has nothing to do with ideology. It ‘s just that if if it gets to a point where every day Rutherford is making you enraged, you lose. I mean this with no disrespect and apologize if I’m way off base on this.Screw the insane Muslims. There is more to life then worry about them every day. Worry about them every other day.

  49. “On the one hand, they [the Obama administration] write a letter to us to express their respect for the Islamic Republic and for re-establishment of ties, and on the other hand they make these remarks. Which one of these remarks are we supposed to believe? Inside the country, their agents were activated. Vandalism started. Sabotaging and setting fires on the streets started. Some shops were looted. They wanted to create chaos. Public security was violated. The violators are not the public or the supporters of the candidates. They are the ill-wishers, mercenaries and agents of the Western intelligence services and the Zionists.” Supreme Leader of Iran

    What? You mean Obama’s secret love letter he sent in May is now being publicly mocked in Tehran? I’m so shocked!

  50. DR, maybe I’ve gotten callous in my old age but I really don’t think I enrage Elric at all. Elric has an axe to grind with Islam, rightly or wrongly. This spot has become a convenient spot for him to unload. He’s not stupid and I’m sure he knows he’s not going to turn me into a Muslim-hater. Some of the exchange between us is fruitless bordering on juvenile. On rare occasion he posts something that really makes me think (I plan to blog about one such item in the near future).

    Elric has driven himself to the “banned box” of at least a couple of blogs as far as I know. I am a man of near infinite patience (as can probably be proven by my putting up with your and Tex’s crap in the Chamber 🙂 ) so it will take a lot for Elric to get banned here. As I’ve said before, the merits of one’s position rise or fall on its own face value. Banning him would deprive me from showing his views to be narrow and off target by example without my even needing to respond.

    With that said, I appreciate your advice to him. There is more to life than getting one’s undies in a knot over Muslims or Major Garrett for that matter. You need to make time to have fun with the kid (who “graduated” from pre-K today btw), have a laugh with the wife, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

  51. What? You mean Obama’s secret love letter he sent in May is now being publicly mocked in Tehran? I’m so shocked!

    Of course, what you neglected to say, perhaps because it is so obvious, is that Obama need use no swaggering cowboy rhetoric and the Iran clerics STILL concoct conspiracy theories about how we have inflamed the people of Iran into revolt.

    These folks are either crazy or crazy like a fox!

  52. “But I don’t care to click links that go to that site. You’ll have to post links to the original information if you want me to even think about reading and responding.”

    Whatever

  53. “Two new euphemisms for cheating on your wife:”

    Whats a euphemism for driving drunk, landing in a lake and leaving a women to drown and hiking to a friends to sober up before calling the cops?

  54. “Rutherford, Elric is so intelligent that he doesn’t need formal education to help him interpret material that others spend years studying. He gets all the help he needs from Internet web sites, like the ones he constantly posts here.”

    Islam’s own words and deeds arent good enough?

  55. “You also have not told us how allowing prayer in prison poses a danger.”

    I provided a link that came out of the United Kaliphate on who they use their insane 5 prayers a day so they can get together and plan.

  56. The ABC “special” down right scares me. He took 65% of the entire show blabbing away obvious meaningless propaganda. I don’t know how anyone on the left can be cool with a president getting air time like that. The tough questions (if you call them that) were at the end of the show when everyone was drooling like Homer Simpson. He answered nothing. Nothing. Complete Demagoguery. Go on a show because they will let you own it, and sell something because you’re the cool, young, black president. WTF?

    Primetime Special
    Intro/Outro/Pre-Taped Segments 6:53
    Sawyer/Gibson 7:42
    Audience Questioners 5:45
    Obama 29:42
    TOTAL: 50:02

    “Nightline”
    Intro/Outro 2:19
    Sawyer/Gibson/Johnson 4:14
    Audience Questioners 2:49
    Obama 15:05
    TOTAL: 24:27

    Overall
    Intro/Outro 9:12
    Sawyer/Gibson/Johnson 11:56
    Audience Questioners 8:34
    Obama 44:47
    TOTAL: 74:29

    No Republicans on site. That’s not the America I know. That’s not the free press. That’s not the debate we need. Again, I challange any liberal to argue that this kind of crap is good for a Republic.

  57. “Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it’s not provided by insurance.”

    JAKE TAPPER and KAREN TRAVERS

    This, too me, sums it all up.

  58. DR, you ought to know by now that campaign promises are merely a blueprint and reality often changes things down the line. Obama says he does NOT want to tax medical benefits. He also does not want to take any stand that might completely shut down health care reform. He has to walk a fine line here.

    What I found interesting was the following quote from the article you posted:

    “They added that a proposal to make it harder for taxpayers to itemize their medical expenses was drawing renewed interest among key senators as one way to raise revenue.”

    I’ve never been able to itemize my medical expenses. The limit is already pretty high (I don’t know what it is but I know I’ve never hit it). So I find that statement odd and a bit disappointing.

    Chris Matthews has an interesting take on this which does border on irrational. He says that health care for every American is a MORAL issue. If you believe that every American should be able to have affordable health care, then you do WHATEVER it takes to get it done. Not sure I agree but it’s an interesting way to frame the argument.

  59. Regarding 80, Elric your link didn’t take me to a specific segment. Regardless, I’ll ask you again (maybe it’s the fifth time by now) what do you want the US to do? More sanctions? Military intervention? What’s your solution?

  60. DR, regarding the ABC news special which I didn’t get to watch … this is not about democracy or a republic or any of your high minded ideals.

    Obama is USING the media to SELL his health care plan. Plain and simple, no subterfuge here at all. He will either prove to be a master at it or there will be many like you who consider it empty propaganda.

    Here’s an odd paradox for you. According to a recent poll, 72% of those polled support a “public plan”. Yet a majority of Americans polled in another poll say they are concerned with deficits and are worried about Obama’s deficit spending. So, seems to me we have an entire nation who wants to have their cake and eat it too, unable to make the hard choices. Then you wonder why politicians (who take their cues from the public) are unable to make the hard choices.

    When we combine this issue with the increasing unease with the former Axis of Evil, Iran, Iraq and North Korea, the world is beginning to look like one huge clusterf*ck. Unlike you, I don’t blame Obama for it.

  61. When have I ever blamed Obama for the Axis of Evil? No sir. I blame the Axis of Evil on the Axis of Evil, has I have said countless times. This is a lesson you liberals are starting to learn the hard way.

    I just mock the notion that the realist paradigm of geopolitics would magically disappear because Mr. Cool is at the helm. That was a laughable idea.

    If Obama doesn’t take this unique opportunity to strangle Iran, and, instead, negotiates with this twisted regime while they nuke up, I’m going to verbally tear him and you to pieces. The Tel Aviv mushroom cloud will be on your conscious, not mine, sir.

    I’m not really upset at Obama over the ABC infomercial. I’m disgusted at ABC. And, I argue, so should you! Demagoguery became a trend in Ancient Rome. Do you think that there will not be a demagogue in your life time that you resent? Do you like the fact that mainstream media can be hijacked so blatantly by government? You don’t see the danger? And to think these liberals are trying to stifle AM talk radio? I believe the media dropped the ball over the WMD/Iraq debate. Don’t you see the same diseased media with health care? Or, are you so “team orientated”, so partisan, that you hold your nose when the media dice roll Rutherford 7’s! You eventual will crap out. We all will.

    I’m pissed Obama lied to my union about taxing health care plans. So are the Teamsters. So are many other Unions. You can disagree with existence of my union . You can be for health care plan taxing . But are you for blatant campaign lies that effect the Rabbit so tangibly?

  62. Just like an elite

    Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

    The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.[“]

    Of course he also wont send his kids to public schools either but let funding for charter schools in DC run out so kids are forced to go to public schools.

  63. Chris Mathews doesn’t give a shit about “affordable health care”. That fat piece of crap will never live a day of his life worrying about getting decent health care.

    What exactly is “affordable health care”? Shitty service for all us plebeians, that’s what. And after the monstrosity is created, and we suffer, Chris Mathews will still be going to Mount Olympias and getting health care fit for the Gods. Meanwhile, government will not have so much more control it’s worker bees.

    The is an attack on the entire spectrum of the middle class.

  64. Dude…post it again. I can’t find it. You post too many links, cheapening the awesome stuff you post. For instance, I just don’t have the capacity to be upset about Obama’s kids going out for an ice cream cone.

  65. “The thug in chief took DR’s advice and well…..”

    Oh, I knew they would pull that crap no matter what. The important fact is

    1. Less Iranian people will believe it, making the uprising stronger and longer lasting.

    2. The world is less likely to believe it, creating a situation where a stronger set of sanctions will be enforced.

    3. you act as if Obama has ignored it entirely. That’s just not correct. He has addressed it while making it abundantly clear that we are in no way involved in it.

    Instead of regurgitating a link, why don’t you

    1. Write the speech you feel Obama should have made.

    2. Follow it with an essay on how that would have helped serve our national security in both the short and the long run.

    The floor guys are at my house. I’m stuck on the computer all day, like yourself. I’m anxiously awaiting.

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